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Organic Fruits & Vegetables vs. Regular ***** & *****

***** farming and organic produce sales have been increasing at a dramatic pace over the last decade. Organic foods are those that are grown without the use of pesticides, hormones, or synthetic fertilizers ***** are grown on farms that develop their growing techniques around soil and water c*****servation (United States Department of Agriculture). Though the research about organic ***** and official guidelines for the organic qualification are still relatively new, new eye-opening research on the topic is publ*****hed on a frequent basis. Overall ***** farming is far more beneficial to our natural res*****ces, and organic food and produce is not ********** better tasting, but healthier as well.

To grow a better product, you ***** to start with the soil, ***** organic ***** has been demonstrated to be ***** on and ***** the earth. The vegetation in ***** fields have deeper roots, and have access to more ***** bacteria and nutrients than the vegetation on conventional *****ml*****. Not only is the ***** ***** but the population of helpful insects like earthworms, spiders and ********** is "twice as abundant and more diverse in organic plots" (Dauncey 1). If the soil alone seems ***** be healthier and more productive, imag*****e what ***** product of that soil can do for the animals that consume it.

It's been shown that organic ***** ***** better for animal reproduction, contain ***** nutrients, and can help battle some serious health issues like heart disease, stroke and *****cer. Dr. Virginia Worthington found that out of 14 studies, all ***** three showed that ***** reproductive rate e*****her improved for *****s fed organic food, or remained steady while the animals ***** on conventional ***** experienced a decline in fertility over ***** three gener*****tions (Worth*****gton 978-988). Organic farming has also been shown to improve the nutritional value of the produce as well. B*****ic*****y, if the vegetable doesn't need to do its natural job of resisting insects on ***** own beca***** of the presence ***** artificial *****, then it will produce less of the valuable nutrient, and therefore pass less of those nutrients on ***** the c*****sumer. Some of *****se nutrients are extremely valuable to humans, such as the salicylic acid ***** can be found in tomatoes and is the same chemical found ***** *****pirin (Worthington 990-991). Considering ***** ********** identified ***** aspirin use, who wouldn't rather get the same effects from a natural ***** pleasant ***** source instead of a bitter pill?

***** only can organic produce provide valuable nutrients ***** ***** traditional *****, but the absence ***** pesticides and other *****s used on conventional farms is also a boon to the consumer. Synthetic chemical ***** and herbicides have a notorious h*****tory of being dangerous carcinogens. The highest death rates in the ***** States ***** certain cancers can be found in the rural farming areas of the country. Migrant workers ***** also demonstrated abnormally high rates of cancer that have *****en shown to be linked ***** herbicide ***** pesticide use (Steingraber 64). If


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